The word automobile, meaning “self-moving”, was coined in France in 1876.
It was just one of a number of attempts to give a name to the new horseless carriages, but it’s the one that finally stuck.
Other names invented by manufacturers: automaton, oleo locomotive, motorig, motor fly, and electric bat.
The large-scale, production-line manufacturing of affordable automobiles was pioneered by Ransom Olds at his Oldsmobile factory in 1902.
The word car is believed to originate from the Latin word carrus or carrum, which means “wheeled vehicle”.